Some thoughts on non-gendered babies

There’s a bit of a comments storm brewing over at LibCon over the ‘gender neutral baby’ story which came out a few days ago, with Flying Rodent in the ‘won’t the poor kid get bullied?’ corner, and Jennie Kermode of Trans Media Watch entering the fray for the ‘no it won’t, and gender’s just a […]

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Ed Balls, Child Protection and the Betrayal of Public Servants

Yesterdays judgement confirmed what many of us had long suspected. That the Reaganesque sacking of Sharon Shoesmith – live on TV, and before she’d enjoyed the chance to defend herself – constituted a “public sacrifice”. The manner of her departure, at least, was driven not by the urgent interests of child protection, but by the […]

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Gil Scott Heron 1949-2011

The news has just come through the Gil Scott Heron has died – details at the moment are fairly sketchy. A novelist before he was a musician, his recorded work served as an inspiration  to revolutionaries, and to later hip hop artists. His most famous work – The Revolution Will Not be Televised – remains […]

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Former New Labour Chairman general secretary : Labour mustn’t think it can differentiate itself from the Tories

Peter Watt was General secretary of the Labour party under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. His recent article at Labour Uncut is pretty revealing about the philosophy of the labour leadership in those years. Looking to the future, he delivers the following warning: “We must, at all costs, avoid deluding ourselves that we can differentiate […]

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Christianity in the workplace – why the Christian Legal Centre is often in the right

Over a recent years the Christian Legal Centre have gained a level of prominence by bringing forward high profile cases of alleged discrimination against Christians. In April, they took up the case of electrician Colin Atkinson, who had been told to remove a crucifix from the dashboard of his van, and now they are working […]

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Conspiracy to remove Cathy Ashton proves marginally more democratic than conspiracy to appoint her

You can always tell when leadership positions at the European Union are about to change hands. The first clue, is that no form of voting occurs. The second clue is that we the public are made privvy to a few muffled and anonymous whispers, and a blurry picture emerges of an elite game of chess […]

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Superinjunctions: For every Trafigura there’s a Ryan Giggs

So, superinjunctions. Everyone’s talking about them, right? Well, they were on Monday. Not so much now admittedly, our collective attention span being as hummingbird-like as it is. The papers are still full of them, of course, but they’re acting more out of sheer bloody-minded determination to finally publish what they’ve been blocked from printing for […]

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Teacher’s right to private sexual conduct worth less than school’s ‘reputation’, says teaching regulator.

A primary school teacher has avoided being barred from teaching following revelations in the press of her sideline as a dominatrix, the TES reports. Faith-Anne Lesbirel, a primary school teacher, was exposed by a tabloid newspaper in 2008 as none other than ‘Mistress Saffron’, a dominatrix offering her services for money online. [Lesbirel] insisted her fetish activities […]

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Are you a smug metropolitan liberal? Take the test…

If your idea of a great political conversation revolves around how dumb “Daily Mail readers” are, then this is not your lucky day. For some reason attacks on smug liberal metropolitanism have been coming in thick and fast of late, both from the right and from the left.   As Madeline Bunting recently argued, in […]

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Austerity and the Military Covenant

This is a guest post by Samuel Wilson. As you may have heard, the government is planning to bring a ‘Military Covenant’ into law. This would give soldiers and their families particular rights and privileges – including (quoting from the Guardian, 16th May) ‘priority NHS treatment for forces personnel and their families; council tax rebates […]

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